Success Story: A revolutionary learning approach
Sydney Technical High School De La Salle College
How did you hear about EIM? How do you find it?
Jovan: I heard through a friend who also went here. He recommended it which was pretty good. EIM is different to the tutoring centres I’ve been to – it’s a lot more family-like, whereas other places is just where you go for tutoring and then you go home. It’s really friendly here.
Jake: The pace of teaching and the teachers are different. My previous teacher went really fast and skipped all the stuff that I didn’t know. Here, [our tutor] goes a lot more into depth. I like how it’s really friendly here – it’s quite a friendly environment. Whenever you want to come in there’s always someone to help you, which is really supportive.
How do you find HSC101?
Jake: It’s really good. Even if I miss out on class because I have exams or something, I can just go online and learn it myself. Before the trials, I watched a majority of [the content]. If I have any weak points or anything like that I just go over it in the video. It really helps my weaknesses because it doesn’t teach you just to memorise stuff, it teaches you why you’re doing it.
Jovan: [Agrees] Also whenever there’s an area that you’re struggling in, you can always revisit whenever you have spare time. By using it, you can just recap and relearn it.
What do you think of the HSC101 videos?
Jovan: I think they’re quite good because the first few videos introduce the content but then as you move through them, they introduce harder and harder examples, which is really good because you encounter those sorts of questions when you’re practicing past papers.
Jake: Yeah they’re good. It does a pretty good job for basics and foundations.
What do you think of your tutor?
Jovan: He goes into a lot of detail. He really knows his content well and he has different methods of approaching a question, which is really good to broaden the way you look at it. He makes the class enjoyable.
Jake: [Agrees] Yeah he’s good.
What do you think of this new learning approach?
Jovan: It’s different from school – the main difference is that we look at [the content] at home on HSC101 and then when we come in, our tutor reinforces what we’ve learnt already. This makes it a lot more efficient, especially with harder questions. I like how it works together, I prefer this new approach over the traditional approach.
Jake: [Agrees] Yeah it’s easier. It saves more time, especially in class. The time is much more efficient so you can spend it on harder questions. It’s heaps more helpful to watch the video before class.
What do you think of workshop?
Jovan: It’s heaps good, I come in pretty much once every two weeks on average.
What were your results before and after coming to EIM?
Jake: Originally there were in the low 80s, but now they’re in the high 80s. I have faith that I can do well in the HSC.
Jovan: Before EIM, I was getting high 80s mostly. Since I’ve come, I’m getting low to mid 90s, which I’m really happy with.
Why do you think you have improved so much?
Jake: I have a better understanding of concepts. Before, I would just do something without knowing why I’m doing it. Here, especially with workshops and all that, I understand why I’m doing it so I know when and how to apply the concepts. It is also easier to apply the concepts to harder questions.
Jovan: One of the main factors is that I am introduced to much more hard questions. When you look at the textbook, there’s only a limited number that can really push you, but here there’s quite a few. It’s quite good to understand the different types of questions. I do a lot more past papers than before, and the questions in the homework booklets are a good reflection of past papers.
What do you think of the holiday programs?
Jake: I did the Economics holiday program. It was helpful – when I came here, I spent more time studying than actually just typing up notes. There are so many statistics, but here, they have the notes for you and then they explain it to you.
Jovan: I did Economics and Chemistry. I think learning the holiday program spanning over 4 days is good. It really helps me in the school term, because you’re just studying what you’ve learnt already do you’re just reinforcing it. The notes are really thorough, and my tutor knew the content well and was open to questions, so it was really good.
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